Title

A conceptual definition of quality of life with a left ventricular assist device: Results from a qualitative study

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Objective: To develop a conceptual definition of quality of life (QoL) with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Background: Conceptual and operational definitions of QoL with an LVAD are lacking. Methods: A grounded theory method was used. Adult, outpatient LVAD recipients (n=11) participated twice in individual or paired interviews. Results: A conceptual definition of QoL while living with an LVAD was established as: "Being well enough to do and enjoy day-to-day activities that are important to me." Participants described 5 important life domains consistent with QoL literature: physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual/meaning. However, participants identified unique concerns not addressed by generic or heart failure disease specific measures typically used in the LVAD population. Conclusion: Existing generic and heart-failure specific QoL measures are not adequate for understanding QoL among LVAD patients. Cognition and spiritual/meaning domains were significant; these need inclusion for comprehensive QoL assessment in the LVAD population. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Department(s)

Nursing

Publication Title

Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care

Volume

43

Issue

1

First Page

32

Last Page

40

Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI

10.1016/j.hrtlng.2013.09.004

ISSN

01479563

E-ISSN

15273288

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